many mansions

What do we mean by "real"?

Is matter more real than energy? Is a tree (in or out of the quad*) more real than the idea of a tree? Is a sound more real than a thought? Is actuality more real than possibility?

What is an action? Is an action real? An action is not a physical thing. It is not a thought. Or is it?

Is the idea that there is (are) a god (gods) less real than the fact (assuming it is a fact) of there being a god or gods?

In my father's house (the multiverse/reality) are many mansions: the Mansion of Matter, the Mansion of Mind, the Mansion of Memory, the Mansion of Mystery, to name but a few.

You can find roast chicken in the Mansion of Matter. You can find a recipe for roasting chicken in the Mansion of Mind. You can find molecules in the Mansion of Matter. You can find ways to understand what a molecule is in the Mansion of Mind.

Words, images and audio copyright © S R Schwarz 2007. All rights reserved.

The tree in the quad
There was a young man who said "God
must think it exceedingly odd
if he finds that this tree
continues to be
when there's no one about in the Quad."

"Dear Sir, your astonishment's odd
I am always about in the Quad
And that's why this tree
will continue to be
since observed by Yours faithfully, God."
(Msgr. Ronald Knox 1888-1957)

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